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Ex-DIG Vass Gunawardena’s appeal to be heard on day-to-day basis

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The appeal filed by former DIG Vaas Gunawardena, his son Ravindu Vaas Gunawardena and four police officers challenging Colombo High Court's judgment to convict them for committing the murder of millionaire businessman Mohamed Shyam was today fixed for arguments by Supreme Court.

Supreme Court five-judge-bench comprising Justices Justice Priyantha Jayawardena, Vijith Malalgoda, Preethi Padman Surasena, Gamini Amarasekara and Achala Wengappuli fixed the appeal for arguments to be heard on day-to-day basis commencing from February 8 next year.


Supreme Court decided to re-commence arguments following the demise of Justice Prasanna Jayawardene and retirement of Justice Sisira de Abrew who were members of Supreme Court five-judge-bench.  

Former DIG Vaas Gunawardena, his son Ravindu Vaas Gunawardena and four police officers were sentenced to death by Colombo High Court Trial–at-Bar Bench for committing the murder of millionaire businessman Mohamed Shyam in 2013 at Dompe area.

The accused who were ordered to be sentenced to death were; former DIG Vaas Gunawardena and his son Ravindu Vaas Gunawardena, Sub Inspector Indika Bamunuge, Police Constable (PC) Gamini Sarath Chandra, PC Priyanka Sanjeewa and PC Kelum Ranga.

Through their appeal, six accused-appellants stated that they were seeking the jurisdiction of Supreme Court to review and set aside their conviction and the death sentence imposed by High Court.

President's Counsel Gamini Marapana with Anil Silva PC, Anuja Premaratne PC, Counsel Darshana Kuruppu and counsel Asitha Vipulanayake appeared for the accused appellants.

Additional Solicitor General Ayesha Jinasena appeared for the Attorney General. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 3

  • Vasi Thursday, 14 October 2021 05:07 PM

    Next one to come out!!!

    Samson Thursday, 14 October 2021 05:49 PM

    Matter of time before they win the appeal.

    Mandayan Thursday, 14 October 2021 06:01 PM

    Why he was not pardon yet?

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